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Dalai Lama: Don't protest when Olympic torch passes through Tibet

May 23, 2008

Tibetans should stop protesting against the Olympic torch relay and
refrain from demonstrating when the symbol of the games passes
through their homeland next month, the Dalai Lama said on Wednesday.
Dalai Lama not invited to Downing Street
By David Blair, Diplomatic Editor
The Telegraph (UK)
May 21, 2008

Amid tight security, the Olympic torch will arrive in Tibet on June
19 and be carried through the region's capital, Lhasa, en route to Beijing.

When the torch passed through London, Paris and San Francisco, exiled
Tibetans seized the chance to protest against China's occupation of
their homeland.

But during a visit to London, the spiritual leader of Tibetan
Buddhism urged them to stop. "I appeal particularly inside Tibet,
people should not disturb the torch when it visits," said the Dalai Lama.

"I made clear right from the beginning, we fully support the Olympic
games. The Olympic torch is part of that and we must respect it."

Earlier this month, the Dalai Lama's representatives met Chinese
officials. Further negotiations will take place in June. If these
succeed, the Dalai Lama said he would be willing to attend the
Beijing Olympics.

"If the situation in Tibet improves and if there is some progress to
a long term solution, then I am willing to go, if the invitation
comes," he said.

The Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since 1959, added
that his goal was not separation or independence but autonomy for
Tibet. "Our approach is seeking a mutually agreed solution within the
framework of China," he said.

The Dalai Lama urged the creation of a friendship society bringing
together ordinary Tibetans and Chinese.

"Millions of innocent Chinese people, as a result of propaganda,
really feel this Dalai Lama is something like a demon, a demon with
horns," he said.

The Dalai Lama added that China's human rights record in Tibet was
"worse" than during his flight into exile in 1959.
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